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The Film Society will sit down with Ari Folman (director of the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated Waltz with Bashir) to discuss his highly anticipated new work, The Congress, which mixes live-action and psychedelic animation. The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and stars Robin Wright who plays an aging, out-of-work actress (named Robin Wright) who reluctantly accepts her final offer: preserving her digital image for future Hollywood productions over which she will have no control. Twenty years later, she enters a “restricted animated zone,” where she rocks the complacent film/pharmaceutical industry, and finds out, with the help of an animated character voiced by Jon Hamm, what it was she really signed away. This haunting and provocative film features strong performances by Harvey Keitel, Paul Giamatti, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Wright’s young son. A 2014 New York Jewish Film Festival selection and a Drafthouse Films release, opening theatrically at the Film Society on September 5.
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